COSTS OF MOTOR VEHICLE USE

The purpose of the study was to update various parameters concerning the resource costs of operating motor vehicles for the journey - to - work on arterial roads in Melbourne. A large number of topics was investigated within the relatively short time of 10 man - weeks, and the report provides up to date information and appropriate conceptual frameworks useful to those responsible for evaluating proposed transport policies and programs. A classification scheme for the Melbourne motor vehicle population used to estimate weighted mean costs of vehicle operation is provided. The weights would be equal to the proportions of vehicles falling into each class. Of the available classification criteria, only tare mass could be shown to be related to resource costs of vehicle operation. Estimates of the weighted - mean direct operating costs of vehicle use are calculated in the case of fuel costs, yielding a value of 4.3 cents per vehicle-km for the resource cost (1978-79 dollars) of fuel consumption by motor vehicles for the journey to work. Other direct operating costs were estimated at 3.4 cents per vehicle-km for oil, tyres, repairs and maintenance. Relationships expressing the cost of casualty accidents per year as a function of the total vehicle-km of travel are reported. Separate relationships were devised to the a.m. Peak period, the p.m. Peak period and the a.m. And p.m. Peak periods combined. A depreciation figure of 3.0 cents per vehicle-km is given. Travel time values are recommended, specified in terms of average wage and dollars respectively. (TRRL)

  • Corporate Authors:

    VICTORIA MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT

    MELBOURNE,    
  • Publication Date: 1980-6

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 106 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00331436
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB Group Ltd.
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Monograph
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 15 1981 12:00AM